Wednesday, September 1, 2010

German Plum Kuchen...

When you go shopping this time of year do you get enamoured by huge piles of fruit? Here is an example: I went to the fruit stand last week and there was the biggest pile of Italian plums you have even seen!... I swear they were waving at me...I had to buy a big bag, because I greedily had to get some before all the other shoppers......after eating more than a person should, I still had a bag of them....I remembered long ago my cousin made a German plum had dough around the plum and then it was boiled and then rolled in  sweetened bread crumbs, I think...I do remember that it was so good!!!! that was a long time ago in a far away land....  but I made Plum Kuchen....a German plum cake, a very easy coffee cake......

German Plum Kuchen
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1 tablespoon yogurt or sour cream
1 pinch salt (only if you use unsalted butter)
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups plums, pitted and sliced into thin wedges

For the topping
6 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 In a large bowl, cream the butter, add the sugar, vanilla, egg, lemon zest, sour cream and salt (if desired).
2 Mix the flour and baking powder and add that into the mixture.
3 Grease the base of a round baking pan and spread the dough over the pan.
4 Liberally spread plums over the dough.
5 To make topping, cream the butter, add flour, sugar and cinnamon.
6 Sprinkle over the plums and bake for 30-45 minutes in the middle rack at 375 F.

Follow the directions listed...I used a mixer for this, I am not sure that this wouldn't mix up just fine by time I would do it that is thick like cookie dough....

using floured finger tips, the dough will spread out nicely...I used a 9 inch spring form pan...but any small square or round cake pan would work fine....

put your 2 cups of sliced plums on top and.....

make you topping....just butter, sugar, flour and cinnamon....

you can use a fork to mix this or use a pastry cutter....

sprinkle it all over the top and pop in the pre-heated oven for 35 minutes.....

Oh my...the house smells heavenly...the bottom layer is like a soft butter cookie, and then the plum is jam like, and the crisp topping so perfect, oh please make this!

It is guaranteed great!!!!

Cheers to Happy  !!


  1. Very good, thanks for sharing!

  2. will make this today thank you for sharing :)

  3. Just made this this evening. Should be lovely tomorrow with a dollop of whipped cream. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Hi, Im living in Munich Germany,and I ran across this wonderful, tasting cake some days ago. I made it 5 times in one week. i didn´t change anything at. It´s not a super sweet cake like most cake are. German people are not into heavy sugars, beleive me it´s perfect and the plums help bring this wonderful cake to stand... Love.IT,LOVE,IT C

  5. Found on Pinterest. oh my goodness! I made this today and it's delicious with a capital D! I love the German recipes because they are not so sickeningly sweet as most dessert recipes. This is company worthy.

  6. I made this about a month ago -- EXCELLENT. A genuine German recipe. Just looked it up again today to make it again for company.

  7. I've made this several times already -- fantastic. Thank you.